Nikita Pearl Waligwa Who Starred in 'Queen of Katwe' Dies at Age 15 Following a Brain Tumor
Disney's "Queen of Katwe" star, Nikita Pearl Waligwa has passed on years after a tumor was first found in her brain.
Everything appeared to be well with Nikita Pearl Waligwa, who was first diagnosed with a brain tumor in 2016 as she seemed to be on the path of recovery a year later.
Uganda's Queen of Katwe star Nikita Pearl Waligwa dies aged 15 https://t.co/QHrlArGDEe— BBC News Africa (@BBCAfrica) February 16, 2020
"According to Lupita, the young girl had played the role of Gloria with "such vibrancy" despite the health challenge she was facing in real life."
"Fare thee well Nikita Pearl Waligwa. You were a darling to many and we have lost you to brain tumor at such a tender age. Rest in Perfect Peace dear."
It would be recalled that Nikita had played the role of Gloria, who was the close friend of the main character Phiona Mutesi - played by Madina Nalwanga - in "Queen of Katwe."
According to Lupita, the young girl had played the role of Gloria with "such vibrancy" despite the health challenge she was facing in real life.
Sky News added that the 15-year-old had been in and out of the hospital and had even received treatment which included surgery in India.
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It is with great sadness that I post about the passing of Nikita Waligwa, the sweet, warm, talented girl whom I worked with on the film, Queen Of Katwe. She played Gloria with such vibrancy. In her real life she had the enormous challenge of battling brain cancer. My thoughts and prayers are with her family and community as they come to terms with having to say goodbye so soon. May she truly rest in peace. May it be well with her soul.
The site added that "Queen of Katwe" told the true-life story of Ugandan chess genius Phiona Mutesi, who had grown up in poverty in the Kampala slum of Katwe.
In the movie, Phiona was encouraged to pick up and learn the game by a chess teacher, even though her mother had told her not to dream big because she would be disappointed.
Fare thee well Nikita Pearl Waligwa. You were a darling to many and we have lost you to brain tumor at such a tender age. Nikita was in S.3. Rest in Perfect Peace dear pic.twitter.com/ny8I9YAjsQ— Gayaza High School (@gayazahigh) February 16, 2020
The film got high praise from critics for including young Ugandans with no acting experience.